Pilot Scoop: Michael Ealy Cast as Android Cop In Fox's Futuristic Cop Drama From J.J. Abrams

ealyFormer Common Law detective Michael Ealy is back on the beat as one of the stars of Fox’s futuristic drama pilot from J.J. Abrams and former Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman, TVLine has learned.

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The untitled project is being billed as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.

Ealy will play Dorian, the android partner of LAPD officer John Kennex. The twist? Dorian understands humanity more than John!

The role of John is still being cast. Got suggestions? Hit the comments!

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  1. Ashley says:

    I thought that said “LAPD officer John KLeEnnex” and got confused lol

  2. Ray says:

    Not much of a twist… Seems pretty obvious actualy.

  3. mawhi says:

    I’m sure there are plenty of good suggestions, but I would love to see Justin Kirk get a good character role.

  4. cj says:

    Really on the nose casting here. Black man in slave role. Also wyman failed with fringes writing in final season .

    • Noel says:

      Really? No. Anyways, love Michael Ealy…so I’m looking forward to it.

    • Nick says:

      Or maybe they cast a good actor in an appropriate part… Sounds like the whole point is the android is the more human one and the human is broken. No slave mention anywhere – they’re partners.

  5. Lorena says:

    You know, im not surprised he was cast in this role, he was awesome in Common Law, and besides Joey Tribianni he would be good in the show

  6. Bowman says:

    Well this will be cancelled before it has a chance to develop. Thanks Fox. You sure have killing TV shows down to a science.

    • bryceradick says:

      Fox has an infinite amount of points in my book for what it did for Fringe, so I’d never make the claim you made. In any case, no network wants their shows to fail unless as a last resort. Since one actor has been cast so far, you can chillax yo.

      • Bowman says:

        I will never “chillax yo”.

        Fringe aside Fox has a long long long history of not giving shows (especially genre shows) a chance to get off the ground. Remember a little show called Firefly?…….yo? There is an episode of Family Guy where Peter names all of the shows that Fox had aired and cancelled between the time they cancelled Family Guy and then brought it back. So 1 out of like 50 shows isn’t Hall of Fame numbers if you get my drift…….yo?

        As far as nets not wanting their shows to fail look no further than Community on NBC. Last year it beat American Idol in the demo….their reward…they are left off the fall line up and are now airing a Halloween ep in February. Since Sony, not NBC/Universal produces the show NBC wants to buy it for as little as possible. Thus they do everything to try and kill it…………………ya………you thought I was going to say “yo” again!…… didn’t you? ;-)

  7. wordsmith says:

    Is Warren Kole booked for pilot season yet?

  8. James R. says:

    I’m a fan of Ealy. I hope the show does well.

  9. Betsy says:

    Boo! does this mean Common Law is no more???? NOOO! am i living in the land of Tru Calling and Charlie’s Angels??

  10. TaMara says:

    Anything that brings Michael Ealy back to my tv is worth a try.

  11. mia says:

    Sounds a bit whack, but android + Michael Ealy = me watching. I just LOVE him and scifi is my genre.

  12. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    Meh. They really couldn’t do better than this? Won’t ever make it to air.

  13. John Mcrorie says:

    Patrick Wilson would be brilliant!

  14. Elyse says:

    ill watch this just for Michael Ealy!! love him.

  15. filmcritic says:

    What about Summer Glau as his partner? She could kick butt with the best of them in Firefly and Sarah Conner Chronicles.

  16. Lucy says:

    In the fantasy world in which I live Warren Kole has already been cast in the LAPD Officer role. (I miss Common Law so much!)

    Looking forward to this now.

  17. AriesMatt says:

    I vote for Teddy Sears. Miss Common Law, though, and Michael and Warren had great chemistry!

  18. Katrin says:

    They should totally cast Warren Kole… I’m sure he could pull the “less human than the Android” role off perfectely… And I’d LOVE to see the two of them back in action… together… <3

    And if they can't get Warren Kole (which would be a shame), cast Amaury Nolasco or Wentworth Miller… I haven't seen those guys in quite a while and want them back on my screen as well… XD

    (What a shame Eric Dane already has a new show, though, I'd love for him to get this role as well XD)